Burrard Inlet will be busy Thursday morning as Kinder Morgan, along with the National Energy Board and Western Canadian Marine Response Corporation, will be practicing their response to a large crude oil spill in the waters.
The drill, a full-scale marine deployment emergency exercise, will be overseen by the National Energy Board (NEB) and take place at Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby. The practice is part of NEB’s requirements that companies show they are capable of responding to emergencies and will assess how well Kinder Morgan can handle a crude oil spill under real world conditions.
NEB will complete their assessment and submit their findings by December 29, 2015.
Municipal and provincial government officials will also take part in the drill, which according to Kinder Morgan will fake 160,000 litres of oil spilling into the inlet from a tanker. Neither oil or a tanker will actually be used in the drill, but booms and sponges will be deployed while measuring response time.
Kinder Morgan operates the 1,150 km Trans Mountain Pipeline from Edmonton, Alberta to the Burrard Inlet in Burnaby. The crude oil and refined products ultimately end up at the Westridge Marine Terminal at Port Metro Vancouver, which has a capacity to hold 395,000 barrels of oil.